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Diversity is a hallmark of VCU that truly differentiates us as an institution of higher education.

— Michael Rao, Ph.D., president, Virginia Commonwealth University and VCU Health System

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A wealth of resources, from cultural competency training to student support to professional development, are available to all VCU students, faculty and staff. Access the resources here.

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Black History Month events

Check the Black History Month news story for specific times and locations of each event.

Other upcoming events

Black History Month at VCU aims to spark dialogue, celebrate black excellence

Virginia Commonwealth University will celebrate Black History Month with a variety of events throughout February that are meant to provoke thought and conversation.

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After 48 years, legendary educator Grace Harris retires

Grace E. Harris, Ph.D., one of the most highly regarded women in higher education, has retired as a distinguished professor of public policy at the leadership institute that bears her name. Since the formation of the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, Harris has served as a mentor to countless alumni and colleagues.

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First all-black comic book added to VCU Libraries’ Comic Arts Collection

VCU Libraries has acquired an extremely rare copy of All-Negro Comics No. 1, the first comic book written and drawn solely by African-American writers and artists.

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VCU Presidential Forum on Diversity and Inclusion

VCU President Michael Rao and student leaders engage the university community in a conversation about diversity and inclusion at VCU.

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VCU President Rao

Diversity is absolutely essential at a research university, just as it is in life. It is an indispensable part of the learning process. It shapes what we learn and how we learn it, how we solve problems, how we interact with one another and how we think about ourselves and each other.

Michael Rao, Ph.D., president, Virginia Commonwealth University and VCU Health System